The Super Bowl is usually geared toward the grown ups (well, really for Dad) – beer commercials, party snacks that pair well with adult beverages, and musical entertainment at halftime from artists your kids don’t listen to.

Whether your household goes all out for Sunday’s big game and invites the entire neighborhood family and friends, it’s a fun afternoon that includes overindulging in snacks, beer and shouts to the television screen.

When you have younger children, this kind of Super Bowl party can get a little crazy during such animation from friends.

My solution for creating a family-friendly Super Bowl party is to create a special party strictly for kids. Along with a neighbor’s teenage daughter to help watch over, the kids-only Super Bowl party can easily be hosted in a spare room, play room, or even outdoors (weather permitting). Now I get to hang out with the adults knowing that the little ones are taken care of and happy.


Here’s the basic Kids Super Bowl Party Plan:

  1. Pick up or borrow a few card tables that you can cover with fun Super Bowl football plastic table covers. I found plastic table covers with team colors at Party City.  I used one table to display the food and the other as a place to eat, play, color or create a puzzle.
  2. Make fun finger sandwiches, cut up fresh fruit they can eat with their hands and pop a little popcorn.  All things that don’t stain or smear too much.
  3. Mid-way into the fun, have the babysitter bring in “Super Bowl treat bags” that can be made the night before.  This is super fun because your kids can help with the preparation and then help hand them out.  The Super Bowl treat bagsincluded little packs of fruit gummies, assorted non-melting candy and pretzels.

I loved decorating the house and the playroom with the teams colors and mascots.  The kids loved it too and it made for a really fun Super Bowl Sunday!

 

Written by Karista Bennett, a private chef, food writer and mom to two sassy girls.

 

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